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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia-Pacific announce state-of-the-art lumber production facility; $150 million plant to create more than 130 jobs

July 30, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

July 31, 2018


Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, together with Georgia-Pacific and the state of Georgia, today announced Albany-Dougherty County as the site of a new, state-of-the-art lumber production facility to be located at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction on the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Georgia-Pacific choosing to locate its newest modern lumber production facility here showcases that advanced manufacturing works in Southwest Georgia. This plant will create significant investment and for our community and jobs for our residents,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We are proud that Georgia-Pacific lumber will soon be on the extensive list of quality products that are made in Albany-Dougherty County.”

Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based company, currently operates 18 facilities in the state, including a corrugated box plant located in Albany since 1981.

“We are proud that Georgia-Pacific will expand upon its significant presence in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “As one of the nation’s most successful brands, Georgia-Pacific recognizes the benefits of operating in the top state for business. From our highway system that allows trucks to reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two days to our existing workforce trained for this industry, Georgia offers a wealth of resources to help Georgia-Pacific reach its goals with this new facility. We value Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke, at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the lumber production facility will support about 340 total jobs in the state, in addition to the 130 full time jobs at the facility.

Operations will support another 100 jobs in the Albany area and more than 100 elsewhere in the state either indirectly or through an induced effect. The capital investment in Dougherty County will support approximately 440 full time jobs in the state during construction including construction workers, associated trades, and jobs at suppliers providing materials for the project.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Team Director Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

“We are excited that Georgia-Pacific chose Dougherty County to expand its footprint,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia-Pacific’s impact in our state is significant, and I commend them for their exceptional growth creating thousands of jobs for our citizens and investing millions in our communities.”

Currently, there are more than 7,200 Georgia-Pacific employees at 18 facilities in Georgia that represent an additional 21,500 indirect jobs. Since 2012 Georgia-Pacific has invested approximately $1 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“We have been thrilled to support and work on this project which will serve to expand Georgia-Pacific’s footprint and connect our citizens to quality jobs that pay a quality wage.  This operation is a great fit for Albany-Dougherty County, as it will capitalize on our assets in transportation infrastructure, natural resources and workforce readiness,” said Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman.

“The location of this project in Albany-Dougherty County is a huge win for our community,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. ”Georgia-Pacific has been a great corporate citizen in Albany through it’s corrugated box plant for many years, and we look forward to further expanding our relationship with them through the new lumber plant.”




About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and


WebstaurantStore expands in Albany

June 6, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC

WebstaurantStore Contact: Caleb Clugston
Director of Operations

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2018


Albany, Ga. – WebstaurantStore, along with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today announced the industry’s expansion of its Albany distribution center though the addition of 40 new jobs along with significant pay scale increases.

The industry will be hiring order packers and shipping and receiving material handlers with starting wages of $14 – $18.75 per hour and the earning potential of more than $20 per hour after five years, in all positions.

WebstaurantStore, an online restaurant and kitchen supply retailer, has been located in Albany since 2015, when it announced the community’s selection as the home of its southeastern distribution and customer solutions centers.

The 40 new associates will bring Webstaurant to an approximate total of 230employees at the Albany location.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand here in Albany through the addition of 40 new employees, while also increasing our wages,” said Webstaurant Director of Operations Caleb Clugston. ”Our success here at the Albany distribution center is a direct result of focusing on our workplace culture and making sure that we are retaining those employees that meet our culture expectations. We are committed to creating a defined career path within our Albany distribution center.”

In addition to its distribution operations, Webstaurant also maintains a customer solutions center in Albany which works to address the various needs of the company’s global clientele.

“WebstaurantStore is a great business that we’re proud to have worked with to recruit to our community. They located multiples lines of operations here in 2015, employing more than 200 people at their distribution and customer solutions centers,” said Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland. “Now, just three years later, we’re proud to see this industry already expanding as a result of its success. They truly are a testament that business thrives in Albany-Dougherty County.”

The application process is now open and interested candidates may apply online at




The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

Coats & Clark holds grand reopening and ribbon cutting of North American distribution center

June 1, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC

Coats & Clark Contact: Scott Rohaley
Vice President of Logistics & Planning
Coats Crafts North America

For Immediate Release

June 4, 2018


Albany, Ga. – Coats & Clark, together with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today celebrated the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of its newly rebuilt North American distribution center in Albany, Georgia.

The original distribution center, located at 601 Holly Drive in Albany, was devastated by the tornado of January 22, 2017. After a competitive search which vetted several other states in the southeast, and through partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), Coats & Clark decided to locate its new distribution center on the same site as the original structure.

“Coats & Clark is proud to be able to continue our presence in Albany-Dougherty County, where we have enjoyed success for the last 71 years,” said President, North America Crafts, Stephanie Leichtweis, “Having both our manufacturing and distribution facilities located together in Albany enables us to effectively serve our consumers across the Americas through the production and transportation of quality products.”

The new distribution center stands at 370,000 square feet and has helped to secure more than 300 jobs in Albany-Dougherty County.

“Being able to keep Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center in our community, and in close proximity to its manufacturing facility, is a huge win for both Coats & Clark and Albany-Dougherty County. We look forward to strengthening this company’s legacy in Albany-Dougherty County and to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed with Coats for many years,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland.

Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center employs more than 100 people in the Albany area; the manufacturing facility located at 901 Clark Avenue in Albany, Georgia employs more than 200 people. The company has maintained manufacturing and distribution operations in Albany since 1947.

Coats & Clark distributes its industry leading textile crafting brands, including RedHeart®, Dual Duty®, J&P Coats, and Coats & Clark®, from the Albany site.




About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission
The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About Coats & Clark
Coats & Clark is part of Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market.  At home in more than 50 countries, Coats employs 19,000 people across six continents.

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Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host forum on workforce and hiring

April 30, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins


ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Wednesday, May 9 focusing on the area’s workforce needs and hiring criteria across Albany-Dougherty County’s five major industry sectors.

“Albany-Dougherty County is fortunate to have a broad industry base with five target industry sectors in manufacturing, defense, distribution and logistics, call centers and healthcare,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “It’s important that our citizens know what opportunities are available to them here, professionally, and that they know how and when to begin preparing themselves to capitalize on these opportunities in order to gain employment at one of our local industries.”

The town hall-style event will feature five panelists, each  presenting information on behalf  their organization, as well as their respective industry sector. Panelists include P&G Plant manager Werhner Washington on manufacturing, Deputy Commander at Marine Depot ‎Maintenance Command Trent Blalock on defense, Southern Ag Carriers President Hugh Nall on distribution and logistics, Webstaurant Customer Solutions Team Leader Chris Mathis on call centers and Phoebe Health System Vice President of Human Resources Tracy St. Amant on healthcare.

The event will offer information on what these major industry sectors routinely look for in an employee and how community members can best prepare themselves to become an ideal candidate.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development designed to increase public awareness of matters relating to economic development or economic impact in our community.

The May 9 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at




P&G, Miller, LogCom, Phoebe named as winners in EDC’s Industry Awards

April 4, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

April 4, 2018

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Phoebe Putney Health System for their achievements in global exports, innovative practices, economic impact and corporate giving, respectively, at its 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards.

“Our existing industries are a vital component of our local economy and make significant contributions to our community through investments and expansions, the employment of our citizens and volunteer support, to name just a few,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ campaign celebrated what it meant to have a product that is made in Albany and produced by our outstanding workforce. This week echoes the same pride in that level of world class excellence, which is what ‘made in Albany’ has come to signify.”

The EDC’s Industry Awards are the highlight of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, during which the EDC celebrates and promotes the impact of the community’s existing industries.


 Global Commerce Award: Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble is the world’s largest consumer goods company, providing a multitude of household items to consumers across the globe, with more than half of its 2017 total sales occurring internationally.

The P&G Albany plant, which produces Bounty paper towels and Charmin bath tissue – both billion-dollar brands for the company, currently employs an estimated 700 associates with 70 of those positions being added in the last two years as a response to increased consumption in the plant’s distribution areas which include the Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The Albany plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, producing as a plant enough product to sustain the consumption of those regions for an entire year. 

In addition to its production role, P&G Albany is also a development site for Charmin products, responsible for gauging global consumer needs and translating those needs into product innovation.


Excellence in Innovation Award: MillerCoors

Since opening in 1979, one of the highest, uncompromised priorities for the Albany Brewery has been the stewardship of our environment.

MillerCoors and the Albany Brewery believe that producing great beer comes with great responsibility. That responsibility is ensuring the environmental sustainability of the Albany community through water stewardship, lessened energy and carbon footprints, being land-fill free and moving towards a zero waste operation – MillerCoors continues to seek out innovative practices to help further their mission of sustainability and meet these goals.

Such innovative practices, like the incorporation of natural gas machinery, adherence to a robust recycling program and comprehensive environmental protection policies, have enabled the Albany plant to drastically reduce its carbon footprint while increasing efficiency; remain land-fill free since 2013; and for the last two years, achieve the goal of having zero environmental deviations or releases.

Ninety-nine percent of MillerCoors’ generated waste is recycled or reused through innovative methods and collaborative partnerships. For example, all spent grain is donated to local farmers to be used for cattle feed, benefitting the region’s agricultural economy.

MillerCoors understands that environmental sustainability is a journey, and is committed to continuing that journey through innovative practices that keep our community safe, clean, beautiful and on the cutting edge of sustainability.


 Economic Impact Award: Marine Corps Logistics Command

Over the last year, the Marine Corps Logistics Command heavily invested in and made significant strides towards strengthening the Albany, Georgia industrial base and economy through its operations.

Today, Marine Corps Logistics Command employs over 2,500 local civilians and nearly 300 uniformed service members. 

In 2017, LogCom’s Marine Depot Maintenance Command processed in excess of $378 million in new work orders generating more than $460 million in revenue, totaling to an increase of $2.7 million in new work and $4.3 million in net operating income, respectively.

Recovery efforts from the 2017 tornado impact resulted in $31.1 million in expenditures that included $1.9 million to support a labor surge and the activation of 175 Marine Reservists. The Reservists salary base of $2.6 million directly impacts local housing, dining, retail, and entertainment industries.

Implementing a local hiring strategy, adopting better hiring practices, creating and strengthening relationships with local universities, colleges and schools, summer internship programs, and career fairs represent the significant efforts that Marine Corps Logistics Command has invested to keep locally educated people in the local work force. Their commitment to the strengthening the community and its citizens is unmatched and brings great credit upon themselves, keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.


Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship: Phoebe Putney Health System

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was built on a foundation of community service.  The hospital opened on a plot of land at 3rdAvenue and Jefferson Street in Albany in 1911 with a mission to serve all those in need of care, regardless of their race, gender or ability to pay. Today, Phoebe is still anchored on that corner and anchored to that commitment. 

In the 108 years since the first patient was treated at Phoebe, the organization has expanded their mission of community service in countless ways.  In the last fiscal year, Phoebe provided more than $274M in community benefit. The majority of that figure is a result of unreimbursed care for Medicare, Medicaid, indigent and charity patients as Phoebe continues to live up to their founding mission of providing healthcare to all citizens in need. But the hospital also provides millions of dollars annually in services to train nurses and other health professionals, host health fairs and education programs, conduct free health screenings, and equip public schools with nurses.

Phoebe is a leader in sponsoring important community activities from the annual Snickers Marathon to the recent Grow Albany Tift Park Community Planting Day, and is represented in virtually every major organization that is working to improve the quality of life in our community.

Following the January 2017 storms, not only did Phoebe provide housing and tens of thousands of dollars to help affected employees recover, they opened an emergency clinic and initiated a mobile clinic to treat residents, volunteers and first responders. 

When the worst flu epidemic in a decade hit in early 2018, Phoebe quickly ramped its vaccination program and provided hundreds of free flu shots. 

Phoebe looks forward to the health system’s next 108 years of service, pledging to improve minds, bodies and spirits from that same corner at 3rdand Jefferson, in the heart of our city.




The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.